Letters for Saturday, February 15, 2020

Thanks for the blue police lights

I’d like to thank Chief Raybuck for having officers turn on their blue lights while patrolling the island. The added visibility attests to their presence. It has a reassuring effect in terms of heightened security and a visual deterrence to criminals.

Mark Soppeland, Kilauea

Plant-based diet is way to go

A famous cardiologist recently said that there are two kinds of doctors: “vegans and those who haven’t looked at the data.”

I practiced medicine at Kaiser Permanente, which prides itself at striving for “evidence-based medicine.” More than a decade ago, Kaiser leadership started promoting a “plant-based diet” for our patients and our staff.

The science is in and has been in for decades. Eating animal flesh and cow’s milk products will clog your arteries and put you in a nursing home long before your time.

That’s why The Garden Island newspaper should get rid of the silly clap trap promoted by the Wednesday “Health Angel” column.

Our previous editor did a good job on the paper, don’t get me wrong. But now we have a new, more-educated editor, and it is time to move into the 21st century.

Our previous editor was a slim, athletic, marathon runner. He probably wasn’t old enough to hear about the Jim Fixx Syndrome. Jim Fixx wrote the 1977 book, “The Complete Book of Running.” Fixx said you could eat any diet you want as long as you exercise it off. RIP Jim. He died at age 52 while running. In 1977, the science wasn’t all in. Anyone who promotes a flesh/cow milk diet in 2020 is a quack.

Gordon LaBedz, MD, Kekaha

Hubris and democracy

Once again, our president is demonstrating his disdain for democratic principles, the separation of powers and honesty…..the trial of Roger Stone and his sentencing.

Trump is a proven liar, and surrounds himself with those who have like qualities. Since when is it acceptable to lie to Congress? Since when is it acceptable to tamper with a jury?

Apparently, our president thinks this kind of behavior is more than acceptable, and Roger Stone deserves but just a couple of hours of detention after his trial, writing on the blackboard, “I will not lie and tamper with a jury” 100 times.

This is more evidence as to why Trump is without morals and integrity, thus being completely unfit to serve as the leader of the free world. With so many legislators afraid to do combat or disagree with him, the only method for his removal is to vote him out of office. Come November, VOTE!

Michael Diamant, Koloa

  1. I saw a Vampire once February 15, 2020 1:58 am Reply

    Do you consider the Dance craze late night hip hop a legit exercise program? I suppose so. They all want that athletic look. It’s all in the mindset. But is that health? In the strictest sense of the word, and for medical purposes, that is part of it, but not the whole solution to health. Eating a good diet is also a part of it. They can’t give you this though. No. That is not health. Did you order one program like this? No. I cannot speak for others like a physician can. But I can tell you I am a tad smarter than the average population wanting in on this exercise diet. It is the commercial and the exercise program on now.

  2. Charlie Chimknee February 15, 2020 4:57 am Reply

    …it’s not called a nursing Home…it’s called a Grave.

    For too many, about 5 or so decades of eating dead animals and dairy, as in milk, cheese, yoghurt, and ice cream…and you’re dead.

    Remember, heart attacks don’t cause heart attacks; and strokes don’t cause strokes…there is an outside of our body cause. The cause is from something you put in your body.

    Dr. Labedz makes clear, eating animals and any dairy products are a major cause of Heart Disease and Stroke.

    What Heart Disease and Stroke cause are the most deaths recorded in America per year as well as the biggest part of the $4 Trillion dollars a year in income for the medical business industry. And let’s not forget their drug sales such as High Blood pressure medications that also in the long run cause diabetes.

    Apparently God intended us to be Vegens as we have no claws, fangs, nor a GI TRACT devoted o protein digestion and assimilation.

    Our bodies are designed for fruits, veggies, grains that grow from the ground.

    Thank you Dr. Labedz.

    1. RG DeSoto February 15, 2020 1:58 pm Reply

      Charlie…you’re as hopelessly lost and misinformed as LaBedz is.
      RG DeSoto

  3. Rampartview February 15, 2020 5:27 am Reply

    Once again here comes the charge that President Trump is a proven liar…proven by who? Just because you say does not make it true! You are claiming that he lied when he testified before Congress…When did he testify? Those presenting to Congress that have lied…my word, how about the entire team the Impeached the President? They could not even get their stories straight twice in a row!

    It matters not how many times you say something. It matters not how many Times Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer say something. Without proof then the item can not be proved and even if the paper prints it, without proof it is not true!

    1. Silovista February 15, 2020 11:01 am Reply

      So far, this one list is up to 9 pages of lies:

    2. Citizen Cane February 15, 2020 1:35 pm Reply

      Mr Rampart: If you don’t think Trump lies as easily as most people breathe you’re a mighty poor judge of character—and also one of those he counts on to keep up his con. But don’t take my word for it, he’s admitted as much:
      “When former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci asked President Donald Trump if he was an “act,” the president’s response affirmed he was.
      “I’m a total act and I don’t understand why people don’t get it,” Scaramucci told two Washington Post reporters Trump said.”
      Trump and “the Mooch” go way back, and are cut from similar cloth. Takes one to know one. What’s puzzling is how many out there are willing to lie and deny for this abusive and damaging charlatan.

      1. Rampartview February 16, 2020 7:33 pm Reply

        Again…you heard or somebody heard something. Just because the say something does not make it true. There are films of Mr. Shiff and others in that group telling much that is not true. Not something that I heard or somebody else said. but he did it and it is documented. Our President has been elected and told us that he would do a number of things. He is guilty, he is accomplishing what he said he would do. Much more that the swamp has done….they promise anything and only delivery things to enrich themselves.

        Sorry but you still lose!

    3. Everythingisawesome February 15, 2020 6:59 pm Reply

      You know how to pick out the vegans in any crowd? THEY WILL TELL YOU!

  4. Steven McMacken February 15, 2020 5:39 am Reply

    Dr. LaBedz: Diet alone didn’t kill Jim Fixx. There were other factors which contributed to his early death. He was genetically predisposed to heart problems — his own father died of a heart attack when he was 43 — and he suffered from a congenitally enlarged heart. Additionally, Fixx led a high-stress life, smoked two packs of cigarettes a day for many, many years and weighed well over 200 pounds prior to taking up running when he was 35.

    Michael Diamant: November 3, 2020 may be the most critical election in our country’s history. It is imperative that we rid our nation of this blight.

  5. ruthann jones February 15, 2020 6:16 am Reply

    Gordon…good idea but please let folks know they need B12 supplement, preferably weekly injection. Let them know of dangers of lacking B12 in body.

    1. numilalocal February 15, 2020 1:03 pm Reply

      Vegan B12 is available in tablets for daily consumption.

      1. ruthann jones February 16, 2020 6:24 am Reply

        yes, but many elders don’t have the ability to utilize them in pill form. Still good idea for weekly injections of B12 if vegan diet.

  6. james February 15, 2020 7:23 am Reply

    Agree; love the blue police lights. Why do many of the police cars I’ve seen in the last couple of weeks drive on our highways without the blue lights on? Do they forget, don’t like them or some other reason? I thought the chief mandated all cars have them on while driving?

  7. Debra Kekaualua February 15, 2020 8:01 am Reply

    YES, Thank you chief Todd for the directive order for blue lights on. The problem is the cruisers, the private, and others who have the blue light rigging on top our inside their front windshield, are forgetting to keep them in the on position while “on duty”. Kauai has had four other chiefs that had the same directive order, and we all know how much these officers do NOT like this directive order and thus little at a time, that directive order will go belly up! The rules set will be dismissed out of pure opposition to this particular directive order.

  8. therealhawaiian February 15, 2020 9:02 am Reply

    Trump is the best President we’ve had in our lifetimes. Get over your Trump Derangement Syndrome already. Sufferers of this Hollyweird – media cool aide concocted mental disease are really starting to look foolish! Get over yourselves snowflakes, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL MORNING!

  9. Tooindependent February 15, 2020 9:30 am Reply

    Mr. diamant….. Do yourself a favor. Keep your divisive news links you read to yourself. Save the energy spent trying to convince people that your source of information is the truth even when it’s truly not. Soon you will realize your political news link will make you too look like the fools of broadcasts of Nancy Pelousy and her democratic lynching mob. I can’ t wait to see all of the drueling whining faces after the 2020 elections when our President overwhelmingly takes on another four years of pissing off the democrats.

    1. Citizen Cane February 15, 2020 7:15 pm Reply

      “Mr Real:” —The other side looks foolish to you if all you do is watch Fox and parrot their belittling tropes. Trumpworld is also using social media to mount a huge disinfo campaign (see this month’s Atlantic) that veers scarily into agitprop and rivals what the Russians put together last time. The antidote is education. Read! (something Trump won’t bother with). Consider your sources. Breitbart, OANN and Alex Jones are NOT real news, nor is virtually everything in the 2nd half of Fox’s day. Yet Trump touts them all. You do have to take many of CNN’s commentary programs with a liberal “grain,” but then they haven’t been sued for denying the Newtown massacre, accusing Hillary of Pizzagate or admitting to lying about Roy Moore’s accusers (Breitbart) to name just a few whoppers. A steady diet of Faux News will give you reality derangement syndrome, my friend.

  10. nothings free February 15, 2020 10:35 am Reply

    To all Democrats! Time to walk away from the Democrat Party of self destructing idiots! The Democrat Party has no agenda, plans, hope, or love for America. Only for themselves and their little “free” stuff selfish big Government agendas. You’re better than that!

  11. Robin Clark February 15, 2020 1:09 pm Reply


    Unfortunately you are right on. Trump’s lies have been accumulating at an alarming rate beginning with the size of the inauguration crowd until the lie that only a few service members got headaches from the recent missile attack (unless you consider 100 to be a few and traumatic brain injury to be a headache). There was a good reason he hired O.J. Simpson’s lawyer to defend him in the impeachment proceedings.
    The problem is that Trump may not be a liar (one who knowingly states untruths) but is a confabulator (one who has a mental illness and makes things up, due to memory loss, and/or actually believes untruths are true). Not sure which is worse but not good qualities for a president.

    1. Citizen Cane February 17, 2020 2:51 pm Reply

      Nah, Trump IS a liar. Just ask Tony Schwartz, the real author of Art Of The Deal (which Trump claims as his own work). He shadowed Trump for a year and a half. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/donald-trumps-ghostwriter-tells-all

  12. Elad February 15, 2020 1:18 pm Reply

    Just eating plants is only one part of lowering the rate of heart disease. There are many other factors such as eating in moderation. Less alcohol. More excerise, etc. if the issue was just red meat and dairy then how do u explain the low disease rate for the French, Japanese and other countries that eat these things in their diets? What about Beni fits of red wine? In addition, Many plant based foods on the market are filled with processed ingredients containing the same amounts of calories and fat as red meat. Your totally biased opinion is evident by your continued use of the Colorful phrase ‘dead animals’. Of course they are dead. We dont eat live cows, chicken and fish. Tell the whole story. Not just your obvious agenda for all people to stop eating animals or it will kill them at an early age Not true

  13. RG DeSoto February 15, 2020 1:56 pm Reply

    Labedz…what a load of bad information. Sounds like stale, outdated AMA drivel that has now been debunked by several major studies which show that the countries where meat & fat consumption is highest enjoy the longest, healthy lifespans. Your high carbohydrate nonsense has led to an epidemic of obesity, hyperinsulinemia and the resultant T2 diabetes and CVD.

    See this: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/15/1111
    BTW: The title of the article: “Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions.” The polar opposite of your nonsense. You’ll note the role insulin resistance plays.
    RG DeSoto

  14. Charlie Chimknee February 15, 2020 11:39 pm Reply

    A challenge to naysayers regarding the use of food for Health in your life:

    Would you list the over the counter and prescription drugs you take whether daily or occasionally.

    Many and more and more people’s use of medications and the need for doctor visits came to a complete halt over years and decades ago when nutritional education seminars made it apparent that sugars, medical drugs of any kind, fast or junk food, processed foods, dead animals, and slimy dairy were a one way ticket to a short life, made even clearer to see in the daily obituaries of the Garden Island Newspaper…who and why are so many dead after only 4, 5, and 6 decades of life.

    And why the coincidence of those who drink the most milk and other dairy are the childhood cancers caused from the ingesting of casein protein in dairy. 1 decade of life only is a rip off,

    It would be interesting if Wilcox Hospital would list just the diseases alone that accompanied every death of persons treated at Wilcox Hospital or by their doctor, other staff, and any other island doctor.

    Let’s see what’s Killing our age groups, why hide it, publish it instead…why would we be afraid of the truth about Health, Disease, or premature death.

    We can refrain from using the word physician as physician is a Greek word meaning teacher…being taught about drugs and disease is not the highest and best, nor sane use of the concept of Health or teacher, Nor for a teacher when they are consumed by THE study of Disease.

    Teach that Health is not the absence of diseases or symptoms, but is the 100% functioning of all the body’s cells, tissues, organs, and their systems; and how important is our nervous systems…the body’s Master Organ.

    Come on folks, list the drugs you take, they are not a conspiracy, that has you take them…it is capitalism.

    Forgive them Father, for they know not what they EAT…!
    doctors do not teach about Health, they indoctrinate people into a lifetime of prescription of drugs that maintain people’s diseases…not their health.

    Drugs for Diseases are not intended or capable of qdrugs are intended for a lifetime of daily dosage demonstrated by statistics, and fake health ads delivering the drug info by smiling actors and actresses…all the while the Causes of Diseases are ignored and people are trapped into drugs instead of health .

    Turn your back on disease and take back your Health andqfollow the Natural Path. Through an active Healthy Life Longevity.

    Health starts with Sun, Water, Air, Rest, Exercise…the daily SWARE routine, and eat only live natural food without chemical additives or sugars of any of the 60 kinds.

    Ant remember food additives from petrochemicals are cancer causing…if you go to the doctor, he or she gives you more chemicals.

  15. Charlie Chimknee February 16, 2020 10:02 am Reply

    If you OVERTAKE meat and dairy…it takes you sooner to the UNDERTAKER.

    Without the need to mention names, nor precise age upon a persons passing away on Kauai, as in LIST ONLY what decade was a person in when they passed away. The rest of us deserve to know the disease(s) People had; and Their drug prescriptions being taken in the months and years prior to their passing. This would be a tool to steer clear of the downward path to early loss of life.

    That would put to rest the doubt to the condition one was in and the prescription and over the counter drugs taken at their time of passing. Perhaps Surviving family members could anonymously supply the diet factors of the deceased.

    This method of reporting would expose a lot of hidden disease facts and bring out truth about accelerated aging and disease processes.

    A news column could be written monthly by our health knowledgeable editor Jessica Else, listing by month, all the people (no names) who passed away on Kauai, their decade they were in when they passed, and the drugs they were taking and the diseases they were taking them for, along with family volunteered diet of the deceased. This would go a long way to showing still alive people in decade #1 through #9, what to avoid and what causes most people to pass away prior to their 10th decade…even for some their 11th decade.

    Kauai could become a Blue Zone Island as to Health and active Life Longevity.

    At least every parent of a youngster would want to know what is it that involves the passing of children (some blame the childhood cancers on the protein in dairy; obviously humans should start life outside the womb with human Mother’s Milk…and absolutely not some hormone fed and treated with antibiotics for infections cow’s milk, or synthetic chemical ridden packaged or bottled fake milk with fake vitamins and fake nutrients made from petrochemicals.)

    And any family member or friend would want to know the diseases and related diets of people who pass away in the other older decades. And more importantly knowing the foods and activities of the very elderly who lived healthy.

    If you follow the money only those who stand to lose money would be against knowledge of this information going out to the public. But isn’t the job of doctors and hospitals to put themselves out of the business of disease where they no longer or rarely resorted to drugs, chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery; but instead invested their time and practice (practice, we thought they were supposed to already know what they were doing), into the wonderful things that maintain and restore Health…?

    “PHYSICIAN” is a Greek word that means TEACHER. Isn’t it a no brainer that it’s preferable to be taught about Health and prevent and avoid Disease than it is to be Diagnosed and Treated for Disease?

    Well for sure there are some no-brain naysayers who would disagree by ignorance or a tainted education and continue to promote a business based on Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases at their enjoyment of financial income vs. the suffering of the people with those Diseases.

    It is certainly higher and best use to work on Health instead of Disease and that is well accomplished by proactive effort on Health (Sun, Water, Air, Rest, Exercise = SWARE; and putting in your body only live natural un processed foods with no chemicals additives or added sugars), and make all effort at preventing and avoiding disease.

    Reading how to maintain and restore health as well as how to prevent and avoid disease and accelerated aging apparently takes more than 1 medical education so one must endear themself to an effort of study.

    Too bad TV does not offer more programs on Natural Health via the Natural Path, instead of the waste products shown hourly. It seems TV is set on making Simple Minds more Simple. (Chortle…!).

    As they say, “TO YOUR HEALTH…!”

    1. Citizen Cane February 17, 2020 2:58 pm Reply

      Mr Cimchee—if you don’t self-limit your remarks to reasonable lengths TGI may have to limit responses at some point. Please don’t ruin this forum for the rest of us! Mahalo.

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